These beach wedding bashes are fun, exciting, unique, and popular. But before tying the knot oceanside, there are a few things to consider.

First and foremost, when planning a beach wedding, it’s important to take into account the logistics; time of year that you have your wedding, location, distance from loved ones, and so much more.

Make sure that your wedding will be during a season where it’s warm but not unbearably hot. Depending on where you live, this could be early or late spring, early summer, or early fall. In some states, temperatures are exceptionally high in the midst of summer; so, take your own comfort as well as the comfort of your guests into account.

It’s also important to host your special day at a great central location that you, your fiancé, loved ones and family can easily reach, and that the location is accessible and accepting of wedding ceremonies. Some beaches may be private or not available as a ceremony space, so it’s important to do extensive research on exactly where the beach wedding will be held before proceeding with planning and details.

Be sure to consider the following four details when you embark on the beach wedding planning process:

1. Dress length/code

Dress length may seem like a minor detail when it comes to marrying the love of your life. But let’s be honest here– a beach wedding means you may get lots of sand in your dress train. Be sure that your dress is a length that won’t drag and collect much sand, or that you have people in place to help with getting you down the aisle if you have a longer dress. For gentlemen, make sure that your suit is appropriately tailored so that you can get down the aisle in comfort as well.

Tip: Consider making your dress code for your guests “beach casual” so that they can be prepared.

2. Shoes

Shop for wedding day shoes that are comfortable and practical if you’re having a beach wedding. These may not be the tall blue stilettos that you’ve dreamed of or the tall dress shoes that your partner was planning on wearing; but instead glamorous sandals or flats. If you do wish to wear shoes that may not hold up well in the sand, consider laying out a rug or hard surface to imitate an aisle as you walk. You don’t want to trip or get stuck in the sand! Make sure that your guests get the memo as well.

3. Sand precautions

In addition to wearing beach appropriate attire for your wedding, be sure to also consider the unpredictability of sand. When a gust of wind appears, sand could fly about the ceremony and onto your guests. While this is to be expected at a beach wedding, netting, fans, a tent, etc. could help contain Mother Nature during your special day.

4. Sound

At an outdoor wedding, especially on the beach, sound may pose an issue. Being an open space far from an outlet, make sure that your officiant, partner, and yourself speak loudly and clearly so that your guests can hear (if this matters to you). You could also consider hooking up a sound system to an outdoor generator or ask your wedding planner/ venue staff to assist with this far ahead of the wedding.

5. The tides

At many beaches around the world, the size or width of the beach depends greatly on the tides. Check the tide schedule before securing your location and/or setting up your ceremony to make sure there will be enough beach for you and your guests to stand on, without getting splashed by waves.

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